3G dongle and airport extreme.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ryanwarsaw, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    I bought an airport extreme to use for my net cafe when I was using a satelite dish to get net. Now things have changed and I am going to use a 3G dongle to get data.

    I noticed the airport extreme has USB port in the back of it. Is it possible to plug the dongle into the airport extreme to make a wifi network? I know that I can use internet sharing from one of my macs but for a variety of reasons would prefer to use the airport extreme.

    what is the best way to make a cafe with my set up? Did my airport extreme just become redundant? Also is internet sharing from a Mac as fast as what a router can deliver? The 3G where I am is not that fast so I am trying to avoid any loss in data transmission.

    Any advice would be helpful.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    In short: No, the USB port won't support 3G dongles, modems or stuff like that, and internet sharing from a Mac is faster than your 3G.

    Regarding the setup, and without knowing more details about your situation, I would basically use this variant:

    3G dongle -( USB )-> Computer with Internet sharing -( Ethernet cable )-> Airport Extreme -( WiFi )-> Guests
  3. ryanwarsaw thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    Thanks a lot. What you are saying makes sense. Seems like a simple solution and it is exactly what I think I need to do.
  4. solaris8x86 macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2007
    I had sent a request to Apple Inc for enabling the 3G USB dongle to be supported on Airport Extreme on 3 years ago. But Apple never replied. :(

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